With real-life sports still in the midst of an extended time out, DraftKings continues to provide some great sports simulations to fill the void. Each day there are six Madden Streams with eight free contests to be a part of. You can play a single-game Showdown for each contest along with an all-day, six-game classic contest and a three-game late slate. Each simulation will be played out via an online Madden Stream using Madden 2020 with rosters and ratings from the end of the 2019-20 season. In this format, you can enjoy watching the game stream on the DK Live app (download here) or right here in this post. Follow along to watch your fantasy team pile up fantasy points.
Tuesday brings another solid slate of six sims starting with the Cardinals visiting the Cowboys at 12 p.m. ET. At 2 p.m. ET the Steelers and Falcons clash in Pittsburgh before the Browns and Bills meet in Buffalo at 4 p.m. ET. The second half of the slate starts at 6 p.m. ET when the Patriots host the Raiders before the primetime clash between the Broncos and Seahawks in the Mile High City. At 10 p.m. ET on Madden After Dark, the Ravens visit the Redskins in virtual D.C. to close out the slate for the day
As you build your team for this Tuesday slate, make sure to check out the Madden info page for all the data on player ratings, special abilities and what you can look forward to coming soon. I’ll give you my favorite plays at each position and price point for this six-game classic slate below.
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Lamar Jackson, BAL at WAS, $7,600 — Jackson accounts for a huge portion of the Baltimore offense in Madden, just like he does in real life. He has racked up over 20 DKFP per sim but has been a little inconsistent compared to the real-life MVP. Jackson has over 15 DKFP in six straight contests and has gone off for over 25 DKFP in three of his past five. He didn’t have a great game against the Cardinals in his most recent sim, managing only 24 yards on the ground with 15.84 DKFP. He should be able to bounce back against an underwhelming Redskins’ defense and get back to his average of over 65 rushing yards per sim. He has run for 13 touchdowns in his 24 contests and thrown for 29 more scores along with an average of over 150 yards per sim. Even though he isn’t always consistent, his upside makes him worth a look as one of the top QBs on this slate Other Options — Tom Brady ($7,300), Dak Prescott ($6,500)
Josh Allen, BUF vs. CLE, $6,100 — Allen’s inaccuracy can make him a risky play since he can bust pretty badly. However, he has also shown some nice upside recently and has been a rushing option much like Lamar. Allen has run for 14 touchdowns including four in his past four sims. He is averaging just over 50 yards on the ground along with 156.8 passing yards per sim. He has over 23 DKFP in three of his past four against stronger defenses than Cleveland’s. The Bills have the worst record of any team in these sims, but that doesn’t mean Allen isn’t a solid QB play against the Browns at just barely over $6K.
Other Option — Derek Carr ($6,300), Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,600)
Devonta Freeman, ATL at PIT, $6,000 — Freeman is typically very involved in the Atlanta offense both as a rusher and receiver. He had his 15th touchdown of the season in his most recent sim against the Vikings, finishing with 14.9 DKFP. He has at least that many DKFP in seven of his past eight games with five touchdowns during that span. He isn’t in a great matchup against Pittsburgh but always seems to get it done. Even if he struggles running the ball, he can pile up catches and yards as a receiver, giving him a higher floor than most of the RB at the top of this salary structure Other Options — Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200), Melvin Ingram II ($6,300)
Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. SEA, $5,900 — Lindsay is also very involved as a receiver out of the backfield and takes almost all the touches in the Broncos backfield. He struggled a bit in his most recent contest with just 6.2 DKFP against the Texans, but before that he posted back-to-back games with over 21 DKFP at home against the Giants and Panthers. The Seahawks have Bobby Wagner and other playmakers on defense but they have also given up some big rushing games, so the matchup isn’t enough to scare me away from Lindsay on this slate.
Other Options — James White ($5,800), Chris Thompson ($3,000)
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Julian Edelman, NE vs. OAK, $7,000 — After a slow start, Edelman has been much better lately since the adjustments were made to quarter length. He has over 15 DKFP in eight of his past 12 contests and has raised his average to 13.2 DKFP per sim. He is averaging 4.3 catches per sim and has already racked up 15 touchdowns. He should have the advantage against the Raiders secondary whether he’s in the slot or out wide, so I think we could get another big game from Edelman. Other Options — Julio Jones ($8,200), Courtland Sutton ($6,500)
DK Metcalf, SEA at DEN, $4,500 — If Denver uses CB Chris Harris Jr. to shut down WR1 Tyler Lockett ($7,100), Metcalf will have a very favorable matchup against the rest of the Denver secondary. He has had a few monster games, including four games over 25 DKFP, and had double-digit DKFP in two in a row before a down game against the Bears. He has a high ceiling with his 95 speed rating and 89 spectacular catching rating helping him often outperform his 80 overall rating.
Trey Quinn, WAS vs. BAL, $3,000 — Quinn has been very productive out of the slot for Washington, so it’s surprising to see him at the minimum salary. He has averaged over 57 yards per sim with 3.7 catches per contest and a total of seven touchdowns. He has at least five catches and 9.9 DKFP in five of his past six sims and has really thrived when the Redskins have to rally from behind. He has an extremely high ceiling, demonstrated by a pair of games over 30 DKFP. If he is involved as usual against the Ravens, he’ll end up being a great investment at this salary.
Other Options — Marquise Brown ($5,800), James Washington ($3,400)
Darren Waller, OAK at NE, $5,100 — Waller has averaged 4.7 receptions and over 65 yards per contest while making nine trips to the end zone. He tore up the Dolphins for 10 catches, 149 yards and 27.9 DKFP two sims ago before a quieter game against Washington. He offers a big target over the middle and can get heavy volume if the Raiders have to throw a lot to keep up with the Patriots. Waller is averaging over 14 DKFP per contest, which is the second-highest average on the slate. Other Options — Mark Andrews ($5,000), David Njoku ($4,500)
Ben Watson, NE vs. OAK, $4,300 — Watson is the only TE averaging more than Waller, producing an amazing 15.4 DKFP per sim. He has taken over Gronk’s routes in the excellent New England playbook and had himself a great sim-season so far. Watson is averaging 69.4 yards on 5.5 receptions per sim and has found the end zone in four of his past five games. He has double digits in seven of his past nine sims and should continue to get plenty of volume against a Raiders defense that has struggled to contain opponents’ passing games so far in these sims.
Other Options — Noah Fant ($3,700), Tyler Kroft ($3,600)
Cowboys DST vs. ARI, $2,900 — Containing Kyler Murray ($5,900) is no easy task in real life or these sims, but the Cowboys DST has multiple players with great ratings, who give them a favorable matchup against the Arizona offense as a whole. The unit has piled up 39 sacks and 17 takeaways in their 25 sims and scored five defensive TDs. They do a great job limiting their opponent as well, which is how they have averaged 7.0 DKFP per sim and produced an average of 15.0 DKFP per contest over their past three games. Other Option — Patriots ($3,100), Steelers ($2,700)
Broncos DST vs. SEA, $2,300 — The Broncos will also have to deal with a mobile QB, but they have been excellent at pressuring QBs this season and have piled up 55 sacks in 24 sims including at least three sacks in each of their past four contests. They have forced 13 turnovers and scored three times, but most of their value comes from their sacks and ability to hold the opposition in check as a result of keeping them behind the chains.
Other Option — Seahawks ($2,400), Cardinals ($2,000)
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